So here we are: Saturday and time for another Double Feature. In case you missed last week’s intro to the feature, the basic idea is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before for a Saturday Double Feature. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
Okay first up is this week’s new release, which thanks to its Oscar win is still enjoying a relatively healthy life in theaters: Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi. I’ll admit I was personally underwhelmed by the movie, and especially by the effects which have gotten so much acclaim, but in my view really detracted from the story Mr. Lee was trying to tell. I’ll admit there are some truly incredible shots, including some of the landscape vistas, but there were just as many shots that completely brought me out of the film and just seemed too fake. Let’s just leave it at “your mileage may vary” and move on.
So, what have I paired it up with? Well, considering that despite what the trailer above might lead you to believe, the majority of the movie is actually the story of the title character’s struggle to survive on a lifeboat after the ship he is on has been caught in a terrible storm, it seems only fitting to go with another story of the same kind of struggle, so in this case I’ve chosen Alfred Hitchcock’s 1944 masterpiece Lifeboat. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to dig up a real trailer for the movie, but this short clip is taken from fairly early in the movie, and gives you a pretty good feel for how it starts out. It also has the added bonus of showing you Hitch’s cameo.
So what do you think? What are your ideas for movies that would go well with Life of Pi? I’ll admit I had a couple of other ideas of movies to choose from, and I’m curious to see if anyone else comes up with those same connections. And don’t forget to pass along any ideas about other new releases that you’d like to see paired up with something from the past. Just hit that comment button below. I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!
- Life of Pi success reflects changing tastes (wantchinatimes.com)
- Ang Lee on How The Technology Behind Life of Pi Changed His Filmmaking (pcmag.com)
- Oscars 2013: Bowmanville tiger remembered as Life of Pi earns Academy Award honours (thestar.com)